Have you tried basketball? Are you still deciding whether it’s the sport for you? Not only is basketball a fun and exciting sport to play, but there are many benefits to basketball that you may not realise. By joining a team or taking basketball classes you can expect to receive these five benefits.
Basketball is a game for everyone. It doesn’t matter what age or the ability of a player, you can play casually or competitively, whichever category suits you there’s a basketball class available. Basketball can also be practised both solo, one-on-one or as a team, with any number of players. Another advantage that basketball has over other sports is that it is generally played indoors and so can be played all year round!
Basketball is a fast-paced game and so playing and training is an aerobic workout that both strengthens the body and increases your cardiovascular health. Basketball keeps the body moving and develops your fitness and endurance, balance and coordination and builds strength in muscles all over your body. With all these benefits you can expect to become a lean, mean, basketball machine the more you train and practise in preparation for the game.
Learning to play basketball develops many beneficial pathways in our brains as well. Due to the fast-paced nature of basketball, you’ll gain better motor skills, reaction times, coordination and spatial awareness of your body. By committing to a sport, we also learn things like self-discipline and fairness, by turning up to training and following the rules of the game, as well as competitiveness by facing an opponent.
Exercise, in general, is great for your mental health. Moving our bodies releases feel-good hormones and can be a good way to release the stresses of our outside problems. But sometimes it’s hard to find exercise routines that are fun and easy to commit to regularly. Playing basketball is both fun and exciting so it’s a great way to be active without feeling like we’re exercising. Being part of a team also builds our self-esteem and teaches valuable life lessons in a supportive environment.
In other sports, you might not always be part of a team. By playing a team sport you will gain both teammates and possibly new friends. This gives us a sense of belonging and confidence that playing an individual sport cannot offer. By playing basketball you’ll be part of a big team of players and will also learn sportsmanship by opposing other teams.
If these five benefits of basketball haven’t quite convinced you to join a team, a good taste of what it’s like to play basketball is to attend a class. Attending basketball classes will teach you the basic skills you’ll need to feel confident signing up for a new team. Or if you prefer to focus on your skills in a one-on-one environment, private training is always available for your individual needs as a basketball player.